20 Access/EFL teachers and assistants participated at “Children with Special Education Needs: Instructive Methodology and Project Management" Workshop

June, 12 2013

On June 9th the US Embassy in Moldova  in collaboration with the American Councils organized an 8-hour workshop for  20 Access Microscholarship Program teachers and assistants addressed to teachers ‘ necessity in handling an effective methodology  on  teaching children with special education needs.

The Access Microshcolarship Program offers free English classes to a group of children with  special education needs who are physically disabled, sensory impaired (i.e. deaf/blind), have speech and language difficulties such as dyslexia, have a mental disability such as autism, are emotionally vulnerable, have behavioral difficulties or have a combination of these disabilities. Teaching these kind of students represents a complex process that should involve the individually planned and systematically monitored arrangement of teaching procedures, adapted equipment and materials, accessible settings, and other interventions designed to help learners with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success in the English Language and community than would be available if the student were only given access to a typical classroom education.

As presenters were invited experts in special education domain, dr. Virginia Rusnac and dr. Angela Cucer, who offered to the audience new information on special needs typology and description; special education environment (teaching resources, space, etc.) ; special methodology in EFL teaching; accomodation of the instructional strategies; principles of marking and assessment, and classroom management.

Olga Morozan introduced the audience into the opportunities to involve SEN children in educational and civic- engagement projects, and trained the educators in the project management issues, in order to enhance the SEN students' civic activism.

As a result,  each participant acquired his/her methodological skills adapted to individual style and needs of each students; thus being able to modify their teaching methods and environment so that each student will feel comfortable from cognitive, emotional and social point of view.

Visit Photo Gallery of the event -> http://americancouncils.md/access/photo_galary/773

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